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Franchise Becomes First in Arena Football League History to
Surpass 3,000,000 in Attendance
(Tampa, FL.) – In a wild finish the Tampa Bay Storm (7-1) defeated the Washington Valor (1-7) to clinch a playoff berth. With 9,856 fans in attendance, the franchise became the first in Arena Football League history to eclipse the 3,000,000 mark in total attendance.
Down by two, with 2:20 remining in the game the Storm defense forced a safety on an intentional grounding call to tie the game 51-51. A quick strike by Randy Hippeard to Joe Hills gave the Storm a 58-51 lead with 1:45 remaining in the game.
The Valor responded with a touchdown with 0:09 seconds remaining in the game to bring the game within one point. Washington elected to go for two and the win. However, the Storm defense stood resolute and denied the scoring opportunity.
Hills, the MVP of the Game, finished the game with 13 receptions for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Kendrick Ings added nine catches for 114 yards and three scores.
Sean Brackett led the Valor with 306 yards of total offense, as he completed 26-of-36 passes for 299 yards and seven touchdowns. His top target of the evening was Charles McClain, who led all receivers with 137 yards on nine receptions. McClain added three touchdowns and had 78 kickoff return yards.
The Tampa Bay Storm travel to the City of Brotherly love to take on the Philadelphia Soul (8-0) Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay returns to AMALIE Arena Saturday, July 1 to host the Washington Valor at 7:00 p.m.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington Valor 12 20 12 13 57
Tampa Bay Storm 14 14 7 23 58
WAS – Will Corbin six-yard run (Kick failed) 10:33
TAM – Kendrick Ings 21-yd pass from Randy Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick) 9:12
WAS – Josh Reese five-yard pass from Sean Brackett (Kick failed) 5:21
TAM – Joe Hills two-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 0:20
WAS – Charles McClain 41-yard pass from Brackett (Brackett pass failed) 14:17
TAM – Ings 21-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 13:08
WAS – McClain 23-yard pass from Brackett (Sam Hurwitz kick) 5:17
WAS – Dominic Addison 43-yard Interception return (Hurwitz kick) 0:41
TAM – Hills 22-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 0:10
WAS – Greg Carr 15-yard pass from Brackett (McClain run failed) 12:41
TAM – LaMark Brown 10-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 9:33
WAS – McClain seven yards pass from Brackett (Brackett rush failed) 1:36
TAM – Hippeard seven-yard run (Lewis kick) 9:21
WAS – Carr 23-yard pass from Brackett (Hurwitz kick) 8:37
TAM – Ings six-yard pass from Hipperd (Lewis kick) 4:20
TAM – Safety, Intentional Grounding 2:20
TAM – Hills 12-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 1:45
WAS – Carr 11-yard pass from Brackett (Brackett pass filed) 0:09
WAS – Sean Brackett (26-36-0-299-7)
TAM – Randy Hippeard (29-42-1-283-7)
WAS – Sean Brackett (1-7-0), Will Corbin (1-6-1)
TAM – Randy Hippeard (1-7-1), Joe Hills (1-0-0), Dave Lefotu (1-2-0)
WAS – Charles McClain (9-137-3), Roger Jackson (9-64-0), Greg Carr (5-64-3), Josh Reese (3-34-1)
TAM – Joe Hills (13-124-3), Kendrick Ings (9-114-3), LaMark Brown (6-39-1), Justin Hilton (1-6-0)
KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)
WAS – Charles McClain (6-78-0).
TAM – Kendrick Ings (3-75-0), Michael Lindsey (3-43-0).
Offensive Player of the Game: WAS, Charles McClain
Defensive Player of the Game: WAS, Everett Dawkins
MVP OF THE GAME: TAM, Joe Hills
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Tampa Bay Storm hosts the Washington Valor on Saturday, June 10th
(Tampa Bay, FL.) – The Tampa Bay Storm (6-1) hosts the Washington Valor (1-6) this Saturday, June 10th at AMALIE® Arena on AMALIE Motor Oil Field. A win for the Storm will clinch a berth in the 2017 Arena Football League postseason. The win would also extend the team’s winning streak to six games, its longest streak since 2010 when the team made an appearance in ArenaBowl XXIII. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
This will be the teams’ third meeting this season, and second in Tampa. The Storm holds an overall record of 2-0 versus the Valor and a home record of 1-0. Last time out, Tampa Bay defeated Washington by a score of 53-47. The Storm has faced a Dean Cokinos-led team a total of 11 times, and it holds a winning record of 7-4 against him, the most victories against any active AFL head coach.
Tampa Bay enters the game looking to clinch its 24th postseason appearance in franchise history. The team is off to its best start since 2001, when the team began the season 7-0. A win this weekend would also extend the team’s win streak to six games; the longest winning streak since 2010 when the team made an appearance in ArenaBowl XXIII.
Defensively, the Storm is starting to get hot. The team has held teams to a League-low 46.7 points per game. The defensive line has picked up steam, recording 5.0 sacks in two games. The team’s sack leader is linebacker Dexter Jackson who has 3.5 sacks on the season. He and the rest of the defensive line have tallied 11.0 sacks, three more than its total in 2016. Look for this group to get after Valor quarterback Sean Brackett, who was sacked once last week and forced under pressure several times versus the Cleveland Gladiators.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Storm continues to impress with Joe Hills leading the way. Not to be left out though are LaMark Brown and Kendrick Ings, both of which have 10 or more touchdown catches. Together, the trio of Hills, Brown, and Ings make up one of the most potent offensive units in the League. All three are in the top-10 of several receiving categories, including receptions per game.
The Valor comes to Tampa Bay looking for answers. The team is on a six-game losing streak, suffering from injuries and roster turnover. Quarterback Sean Brackett stepped in for the injured Erik Meyer, but completed just 55.6% (20-of-36) of his passes this past weekend. His top target was Josh Reese who caught eight passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. If the team hopes to win the offensive game, receivers Greg Carr and Roger Jackson will need to step up. This will not be an easy task with the Storm defensive backfield patrolling the air.
Look for there to be a hard-fought battle between these two teams. The Storm will be looking to clinch a postseason berth while the Valor will be looking to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Five-Time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm will enter its 30th season in the Arena Football League in 2017. For more specific details regarding single-game pricing and availability, please contact the Storm ticket office at 813.301.6600 or visit www.tampabaystorm.com. Season tickets can be purchased by visiting TampaBayStorm.com or by calling 813.301.6600. For group sales, fans can contact 813.301.6900. Additionally, fans and sponsors can follow the Storm on Facebook (Tampa Bay Storm) or Twitter (@tampabaystorm) for up to date news and exclusive content.
Written By: Parker Boyce
(Tampa Bay, FL.) Tonight, the Tampa Bay Storm hosted the Baltimore Brigade for Military Appreciation night her at Amalie Arena and in front of 9,880 fans, the Storm defeated the Brigade, 45-37.
To start the game, Baltimore won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Tampa started off with the ball, and quickly, Tampa quarterback Randy Hippeard found wide receiver Kendrick Ings for a 16-yard score to give Tampa their first touchdown of the night.
With 7:06 left in the 1st quarter and on 4th down and 16, Baltimore quarterback Shane Carden threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Milton Williams to give Baltimore a 7-6 lead over the Storm. With this touchdown, it would be the only time Baltimore led all night.
Late in the first quarter, Hippeard completed a 44-yard pass to wide receiver Joe Hills, to give Tampa excellent field position on the Baltimore 3-yard line. Inside the Baltimore red zone, Hippeard completed a short three-yard pass to Hills to give Tampa a 13-7 lead over Baltimore. After that score, Tampa would never give up the lead.
With 22 seconds left in the first quarter, the Tampa defense made a big time play with defensive lineman Kendall Montgomery recovering a Baltimore fumble inside the Baltimore 25 yard line. Hippeard led the Storm down the field and capitalized with a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver LaMark Brown. This touchdown gave Tampa Bay a 20-7 lead with 22 seconds left to end the 1st quarter.
With 27 seconds left to go until halftime and the ball on the Baltimore 14-yard line, Hippeard found Ings for a touchdown to give the Storm a 27-14 lead going into halftime.
Starting off the 3rd quarter, Tampa kicked off to Baltimore, but the ball hit the net and fell into the hands of Storm linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson. He then returned the ball to the end zone for a touchdown. Baltimore fired right back though with quarterback Shane Carden finding wide receiver Brandon Thompkins for an incredible 45-yard touchdown pass that will surely make the AFL highlight of the week.
Storm Head Coach Ron James spoke to the press after the game against Baltimore in regards to the team winning, having a 6-1 record on the season and being ranked 2nd in the AFL conference standings.
“How does it feel to be 6-1?” Coach James asked. “At this point in the season, it’s great, but it’s only half done. Our mission is not to be 2nd place or 1st place halfway through the year; it’s to finish. So far, I think we are playing good football; we try to make it interesting a little bit. Our 3rd quarter was probably as bad as we’ve played all year long, but we’ve bounced back in the 4th and shut it down and got the win.
Jackson also spoke to the press after the game in regards to his fumble that turned the game around to give the Storm the lead and eventually the win over Baltimore. “Talking about the recovered fumble it was effort, we appreciate it every day during practice, give effort on special teams, and good things will happen, and good things are happening for us.”
With this win, Tampa is now 6-1 and is off to their best start since 2010. Tampa will be able to enjoy this victory for a bit, but they will have to hit the ground running as the Washington Valor, who are coming off 59-35 loss to the Cleveland Gladiators, come to town. This game will be Tampa and Washington’s third time facing each other this season. Tampa currently has a 2-0 record against them. Washington and Tampa face off Saturday night, June 10th here at the Amalie Arena.
MVP of the game
Tampa Bay Storm LB Alvin Ray Jackson.
Offensive Player of the game
Tampa Bay Storm WR Joe Hills.
Defensive Player of the game
Baltimore DB Qumain Black.
Tampa Bay will prepare to face the Washington Valor this Saturday night on June 10th at 7 pm.
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Tampa Bay acquires former AFL Rookie of the Year and Two-Time All-Arena defensive back Greg Reid
(Tampa Bay, Fl.) – The Tampa Bay Storm has acquired 2015 Arena Football League Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Arena defensive back Greg Reid, announced team vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch.
“Greg is one of the premier defensive players in the League and will provide an immediate impact on the field,” said Gooch. “He has a nose for the ball and brings added stability to our backfield. We cannot wait to see him out on the field, performing at the high level we know he is capable of.”
Reid (5-foot-9, 190 lbs., Florida State) enters his first season with the Storm. A two-year veteran, he began his AFL career with the Jacksonville Sharks in 2015. Reid joined the team mid-season and made an immediate impact. Starting in 12-of-12 games, Reid finished the year with 70.5 tackles, a tackle for loss, 21 pass breakups, nine interceptions, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown. His play would earn him a first-team All-Arena selection and Rookie of the Year honors. Reid’s play would also help lead the team to an appearance in ArenaBowl XXVIII.
The Valdosta, Georgia native didn’t suffer from a sophomore slump in 2016, starting in 15-of-15 games for the Sharks and leading the team in several defensive categories including tackles (101.5) and interceptions (8). He finished the season with 101.5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 27 pass breakups, eight interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and two defensive touchdowns. His play would earn him his second All-Arena selection.
For his career, Reid has tallied 172.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 48 pass breakups, 17 interceptions, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and three defensive touchdowns.
A former standout at Florida State, Reid started in 25-of-38 games for the Seminoles. He finished his collegiate career with 120.0 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 25 pass breakups, seven interceptions and three forced fumbles. An outstanding special teams player as well, Reid had 63 kick returns for 1,553 yards and 89 punt returns for 1,117 yards and three touchdowns. Reid’s performance during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl would earn him Defensive MVP honors.
The team placed defensive lineman Max Nacewicz on inactive reserve.
The Five-Time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm will enter its 30th season in the Arena Football League in 2017. For more specific details regarding single-game pricing and availability, please contact the Storm ticket office at 813.301.6600 or visitwww.tampabaystorm.com. Season tickets can be purchased by visiting TampaBayStorm.com or by calling 813.301.6600. For group sales, fans can contact 813.301.6900. Additionally, fans and sponsors can follow the Storm on Facebook (Tampa Bay Storm) or Twitter (@tampabaystorm) for up to date news and exclusive content.
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AFL honors Storm receiver Joe Hills for his performance versus the Washington Valor
(Tampa Bay, FL.) – The Arena Football League announced today that Tampa Bay Storm wide receiver Joe Hills was named the Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in week seven versus the Washington Valor.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hills (6-foot-4, 220 lbs., Tennessee State), for the second consecutive week, put on a stellar performance versus the Washington Valor. The Palmetto native caught 11 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns. He played a crucial role in the Storm’s final drive, catching the game-winning touchdown with just 3.6 seconds left in regulation. He now has a receiving touchdown in 74 consecutive games, four shy of tying Damian Harrell’s record (78).
The night also saw Hills log his 8,000th career receiving yard, moving him past Marcus Nash for 26th all-time in League History. Hills also has 657 career receptions and now ranks 25th all-time in League history.
An early Offensive Player of the Year candidate, Hills has 60 catches for 590 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season. He currently leads the League in receptions (60), receiving yards (590), receiving touchdowns (18), receptions per game (10.0) and scoring (112).
This is Hills’ second weekly award and the seventh for the Storm. He is the first player to be named the Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks this season.
The Five-Time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm will enter its 30th season in the Arena Football League in 2017.
For more inforamtion, please visit www.tampabaystorm.com. Additionally, fans and sponsors can follow the Storm on Facebook (Tampa Bay Storm) or Twitter (@tampabaystorm) for up to date news and exclusive content.
Written By: Parker Boyce
(Tampa Bay, FL) Tampa Bay defeated the Washington Valor in a comeback win in front of 9,275 fans inside Amalie Arena Saturday night. Tampa Bay sits 5-1 on the 2017 season. All season long the Storm have responded to adversity and they showed that once again Saturday, proving that this team is a championship contender. Tampa Bay has won four consecutive games, and will go into the bye week until they clash against Baltimore on June 3rd.
With the score, all tied up at 47 with 37.3 seconds left to go and unable to recover an onside kick attempt on the ensuing kickoff, the Storm took over at the Valor’s 15-yard line and moved the ball down towards the goal line while taking valuable time off the clock so Washington would not have the opportunity to come back and score. Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard found wide receiver Joe Hills and passes it to him for a 2-yard gain for an important first down that the Storm critically needed for them to score. Hippeard took a knee on 2 plays to force the Valor to burn their final two timeouts. When it came down to 3rd and goal on the Valor 5-yard line Hippeard missed his open receiver in the back of the end zone for Kendrick Ings, but a pass interference penalty gave the Storm a new set of downs. 1st and goal with 8 seconds left Hippeard thew the ball through tight coverage and Hills caught the game winning catch over the Washington Valor.
After the game, Storm head coach Ron James discussed the strategy organized in the final play of the game that won us the game over the Washington Valor. “The Strategy was pretty simple for us, we wanted to be the last team to score and when they got the ball down to the goal line area, we were not worried about that the situation was going to be, only how could we run the clock down and be the team to score. In that situation, a lot of other teams in this league don’t understand about the one minute timing rule. If you are tied or behind you can take a knee, it’s the only time you can do that except for the 1st half. The Valor bench was screaming, it was illegal, we used the rules the way we wanted to use it. We put ourselves in a situation for our team to win and we did”.
Tampa Bay Storm head coach told us that “We continue to manage the game well, the players don’t panic and crunch time, and we needed some big play in our kicking this time, we took it down to the last couple of plays and made the play we needed to make to get out of here with a win”.
Hills had three touchdowns catches for the Strom and extended his consecutive regular season game streak with at least one touchdown reception to 74.
Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard finished 19-31 for 233 yards and seven touchdowns and no interceptions on the night. In the season right now, Hippeard has thrown 39 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.
MVP Of the Game: Joe Hills WR Tampa Bay Storm
Offensive Player of The Game: Washington Valor WR Roger Jackson
Defensive Player of The Game: Tampa Bay Storm DL Monte Lewis
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(Tampa Bay, FL.) – Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard says this season is “probably the most fun I’ve had” while playing professional football.
Life is good when you’re on a three-game win streak and own the second-best record in the Arena Football League at 4-1.
The Storm will go for four in a row and try to pull into a tie with league-leading Philadelphia on Saturday when they host Washington in the second half of a home-and-home series. Last weekend, Tampa Bay defeated the Valor in Washington 41-33, the Storm holding on thanks to Paul Stephens’ fumble recovery in the final minute after the Valor had drove to the Storm one-yard line in search of the game-tying score.
The five-time ArenaBowl champion Storm are looking for their best start to a season since winning seven consecutive games to begin the 2001 season.
“Anytime you’re playing for a team that has had so much success and has the pedigree of the Tampa Bay Storm, it means a lot to the community and to our family and friends just to continue that success, to live up to that standard that they’ve set in the past,” Hippeard said. “But as far as starting quick, the coaches stress it’s this game and then on to the next one. So all focus is on this game. We’re not worried about records and what we’ve done and this and that. It’s all about Washington this week.”
Hippeard leads the AFL for passing yards (1,374), completion percentage (71.4%), passing touchdowns (32) and quarterback rating (128.1). His two main targets – Joe Hills and LaMark Brown – rank first and second, respectively, in the league for catches, Hills hauling in 49 passes and Brown 41. Hills paces the AFL for receiving touchdowns. Brown is tied for third.
“I think the one thing about our team that separates us from others is everybody is just focused on one thing right now and that’s trying to get to the championship and we do it a week at a time,” Brown said. “Every time we go out there, we’re just trying to get better.”
Storm head coach Ron James has created a family atmosphere inside AMALIE Arena. Players enjoy coming to work every day. They push each other to succeed at practice in a friendly yet competitive manner. They’re friends on and off the field.
That close-knit feeling has been a major reason the Storm have found success in the early going of the 2017 season.
“It’s one of the teams that I think has gelled together quicker and faster than any other team I’ve been on,” Hippeard said. “It’s been a pleasure being here. It’s just super fun this year.”
It’s a team that continues to learn more about itself and get better each week too. After suffering its only loss of the season to Philadelphia in Week 2, the Storm rallied from a 19-point deficit to knock off Cleveland the following Saturday.
A Week 5 victory at Baltimore showcased the Storm’s one-minute drill, their perfectly navigated execution at the end of the first half and again in the game’s closing moments serving notice to the rest of the league that giving the ball to the Storm in a one-possession game with less than a minute to play is a losing proposition.
And in last week’s win at Washington, the Storm proved they can make game-winning plays on the defensive side of the ball too as Stephens’ fumble recovery thwarted a last-ditch effort by the Valor to tie the game.
“Really it’s about these guys bonding together and starting to learn together and embracing exactly what it is that we’re trying to accomplish week after week,” James said. “It takes a while for that to happen, and now, five games into this, we’re really starting to get ourselves aware of what the systems entail and how to better prepare ourselves for these challenges week to week.”
The challenge this week is the same Washington team the Storm defeated by eight points at the Verizon Center seven days earlier. The Storm had opportunities to close out the Valor earlier in that contest but let them slip away and the Valor hang around.
This Saturday, the Storm’s focus is putting away their opponent early so the game doesn’t come down to a final-second drive or a last minute goal line stop.
“We’ve just got to be able to finish,” Brown said. “We can’t put ourselves in situations where we give them a chance to get back into the game and it comes down to a one-minute drill. We’re very good at that, but at the same time we know we’re capable of so much more.”
The Five-Time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm will enter its 30th season in the Arena Football League in 2017. For more specific details regarding single-game pricing and availability, please contact the Storm ticket office at 813.301.6600 or visit www.tampabaystorm.com.
Additionally, fans and sponsors can follow the Storm on Facebook (Tampa Bay Storm) or Twitter (@tampabaystorm) for up to date news and exclusive content.
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